I do agree that any other intelligent life would evolve as a predator... think about it, the predator has to track, chase, and maneuover to catch his prey, whereas the prey merely has to run far enough from the predator to survive. Having versatile thumbs would be important as to have the dexterirty to fashion tools. It is also more likely that the creature be a social creature and communicate easily.
Kinda like the vulcans?? Trans-humanism would say that in the future people will be bound together with chips in the brain that relay all throughts through a central computer... sounds almost 'borg' to menally believe that evolution may eventually do away with emotions because all we need are logical decision making to proliferate as a species and emotions will only hinder this.
Sorry for the star trek analogy, but other than the comical use of forehead plastics to create new alien species, and everyone speaking english, all the aliens from Star Trek really are just different elements of the human psyche thrown into an interplanetary society.
As an alien species trying to take over a plaeet.. I doubt that open war-fare style conquest would be worth it in an instance where the populations are beyond a certain technological point.... on the other hand, if they were to encounter a primitive civilisation with the high tech to travel to the planet would be fairly simple to show them that you are a God and should be worshipped as such...why I believe that if life out there finds us it will almost certainly only look at us and earth as a resource for their proliferation and have no emotion as to where we fit in.
That's simple in principle, figure out the people that present the biggest risk to our common survival, root out their evil and be ever-vigilant to prevent this evil from rising again.e first try to decide the best means by which we can survive us.
How would we recognize 'God'?? Since the Bible's prohibition of 'graven images of God' we have no reference for what a 'God' might look like.The other way for humans to survive themselves is to have an actual God present himself to quell all doubts and suppress any religious disputes.